Pretoria - Township folk ought to play their part to ensure that tourists don't get raped whenever they come to visit the country, said Deputy Minister of the Department of Tourism Elizabeth Thabethe.
She spoke on Monday during a community meeting at the Mabopane Indoor Sports Hall, where she interacted with people about opportunities in the tourism sector.
Thabethe pleaded with community members to show interest in destination marketing with a view to attracting overseas tourists to visit their places and boost their local economies.
She also used the opportunity to speak up against the scourge of crime affecting tourists, saying efforts ought to be made to ensure visitors were not raped.
"We then have to make sure that we will be able to change the situation and make sure that tourists can be free and they can not be raped," she said.